Marvel Comics this week announced a new slate of superhero movies to be released over the next several years. You’ve got plenty of time to decide which ones you’ll see, so in the meantime let’s address the question on everyone’s mind: Which Marvel character would make the best college president? Let’s limit the search to all nonmutants who have starred or will star in a Marvel movie.
Right off the bat, you can count out Robert B. Banner, otherwise known as the Hulk. While Mr. Banner has three P…
A community college has admitted that it may have violated a professor’s constitutional rights when it suspended him for posting a photograph of a shirt featuring a quotation from the popular HBO television series Game of Thrones, reports The Record, a New Jersey newspaper.
Bergen Community College suspended Francis Schmidt, an art and animation professor, after he posted the photo, which shows his daughter, on Google+ in January. The quote on her T-shirt—“I will take what is mine with fire & bl…
Prosecutors have agreed to drop felony charges against three former employees of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro who were fired for allegedly using university equipment to operate a freelance photography business. The firings sparked faculty unrest over the treatment of the three, who worked in university relations.
Two photographers, Chris English and David Wilson, will see their charges dropped in six months if they each pay restitution to the university and complete 40 hours of community service. Lyda Carpen, who supervised them, saw all charges against her dropped.
The U.S. Department of Education released the full text of its final gainful-employment rule on Thursday morning, and it’s a big one, weighing in at 945 pages. But sheer volume has never been enough to discourage the most devoted of higher-education observers: the diehard policy wonks, who took to Twitter with observations and analysis.
The biggest change, as The Chronicle’s Kelly Field noted, is the elimination of cohort default rates as a measure that career-education programs will be subject …
The Educational Testing Service said it would delay reporting SAT scores for tests taken this month by South Korean and Chinese students, amid allegations that “organizations that seek to illegally obtain test materials for their own profit” had compromised the integrity of the college-admission test, The New York Times reported. ETS told the Times that it expected to be able to complete its investigation and to release the scores by mid-November, allowing test-takers to cite them on early applications.
Students and alumni of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania have restarted a decades-old lawsuit against the state and federal governments, asserting that the historically black institution has been inadequately funded, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The group, named “Heeding Cheyney’s Call,” argues that the university needs more money than the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s other 13 institutions because of decades of systematic discrimination. The group says Cheyney’s enrollm…
Students on college campuses across the country are dragging their mattresses out of their beds as part of a “national day of action” expressing solidarity with survivors of rape.
The demonstrations, united under the slogan “Carry That Weight,” were sparked by a Columbia University senior’s protest, in which she has vowed to drag her mattress with her across the campus until her rapist is expelled. Emma Sulkowicz has been carrying her mattress since August.
Below is a roundup of images from the …
Conflict and distrust between activists and the administration threaten Occidental College’s ability to improve how it handles sexual assault, according to a new report.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the 130-page audit, sponsored by the institution’s president, Jonathan Veitch, cites at least 45 steps Occidental has taken to improve its procedures for handling reports of sexual assault.
But Caroline Heldman, an associate professor of politics and a prominent activist, dismissed the report’s…
The Drake Group, which promotes academic integrity in college sports, has released a list of guidelines it urges all colleges and universities to adopt in the wake of “recent academic scandals” related to athletics. Among other items, the group suggests that:
- Freshmen be required to wait one year before playing sports if their standardized-test scores are a certain amount below the mean of the student body.
- Athletics programs undergo a national “peer review” process once every 10 years.
Columbia University has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to pay $9-million to settle a federal lawsuit accusing it of mismanaging federal grants for AIDS research, reports Capital, an online news service covering New York.
According to the office of the federal prosecutor that handled the case, the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs, a unit of Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, filed claims for reimbursement citing work that was not done. Columbia received millions of dollars under more than 75 federal grants to prevent AIDS and HIV, but it was required to track the work of employees and submit that tally in order to obtain the grant money.
The university said in a statement cited by Capital that its center had helped more than two million people in 20 countries. It also said it had instituted new controls over grants administration to prevent a recurrence of the problem.